Can Hackers Turn A Sex Robot Into An Assassin? (Probably) (Seriously)


Folks, we’ve come to the part of the show where we need to face The Big Questions about our Crazy Hi-Fi Space-Age Future: mainly, “Hackers Could Program Sex Robots To Kill.”

The fine folks at The Daily Star explore this perhaps previously unthinkable wrinkle in the burgeoning sex robot fad—the idea that these devices could be conceivably remotely accessed and used as a weapon. Sounds crazy? No more crazy than how other appliances and machines from The Internet Of Things could be similarly hacked.

Says cybersecurity lecturer Dr. Nick Patterson:

Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like in some cases knives or welding devices.

Often these robots can be upwards of 200 pounds, and very strong. Once a robot is hacked, the hacker has full control and can issue instructions to the robot.

The last thing you want is for a hacker to have control over one of these robots! Once hacked they could absolutely be used to perform physical actions for an advantageous scenario or to cause damage.

So…a rogue 200-pound piece of machinery with your schwang in its jaws, remotely controlled by a malicious hacker half a world away…

Nobody can have any fun…that’s really it, isn’t it? Every time technology creates some other cool thing, that has to be turned into a weapon. Glass half full, glass half empty…

But not everybody feels a need to panic needlessly. Daily Star commenter “Adolf Wilson” had this to say:

To be fair I’d rather go out at the hands of one of these sexy cyborgs rather than the other options currently on the table: a stray nuke, a natural disaster or pesky aliens.


More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Futureworld: Carnal Robots And Neuron-Blowing Sex
A Conversation With Erica: The Fetishization Of The Robot
As The World’s First Sex Doll Brothel Opens, Is A Robot Version Far Behind?